Point Pleasant plans on extending its impressive win streak.
Wahama has bookend non-league bouts sandwiched around an eight-game league slate.
And Hannan has nine games with one, or actually two, open dates.
Those are the subplots for the Ohio Valley Publishing area’s three Mason County football teams in 2016, as season schedules for Point Pleasant, Wahama and Hannan have been announced.
There are 11 regular-season weeks with West Virginia high school football, as most statewide squads have filled their 10 spots for next season.
For the Point Pleasant Big Blacks, which went 12-1 last year and advanced all the way to the Class AAA state semifinals, they enter this campaign as owners of a 33-game regular-season winning streak.
This year, they drop back down to Class AA — and open the season on Aug. 26 at Lincoln County, followed by another road show at Ripley on Sept. 2.
The Ripley affair is a 7 p.m. kickoff — with all other games set for 7:30 p.m. AND all games taking place on Friday nights.
The Big Blacks then host five consecutive contests, starting Sept. 9 with their only Ohio opponent on the docket — across-the-river archrival Gallia Academy.
Point Pleasant then hosts Logan (Sept. 16), Mount View (Sept. 23), Parkersburg South (Sept. 30) and Bluefield (Oct. 7).
The Big Blacks’ bye week is week eight on Oct. 14, followed by their third road tilt of the year at Man (Oct. 21).
The fourth and final road show is at Westside on Oct. 28, followed by the regular-season finale against visiting Princeton (Nov. 4).
Wahama — with being a member of the nine small-school Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division — must play eight league games against Ohio teams, and thus has only room for two West Virginia non-leagues.
Those two are at Ravenswood in the season opener (Aug. 26) and against Buffalo in the season finale (Nov. 4).
The White Falcons travel to Waterford (Sept. 2), Federal Hocking (Sept. 23), Trimble (Sept. 30) and Miller (Oct. 21), while hosting Southern (Sept. 9), Belpre (Sept. 16), Eastern (Oct. 7) and South Gallia (Oct. 14).
All of Wahama’s games are set for Friday nights with 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.
Hannan, however, has only nine games to date — and open weeks in weeks six (Sept. 30) and 11 (Nov. 4).
All nine matchups do have 7:30 p.m. kickoffs, including against its two Ohio opponents —Green on Sept. 2 and Beallsville on Oct. 28.
The Wildcats’ quartet of road tilts feature Montcalm (Aug. 26), Bishop Donahue (Sept. 9), River View (Sept. 23) and Paden City (Oct. 14) — with Green and Beallsville both at home.
The other three home duels are against Hundred (Sept. 16), Phelps (Oct. 7) and Gilmer County (Oct. 21).
The West Virginia and Ohio football seasons officially open on Aug. 26.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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